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The Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya in Yangon is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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The Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar.

The Circular Train

The circular train is a fascinating way to get a glimpse of daily life in Yangon. A ticket costs US$1 (you must show your passport) and is available at the Station Masters office. Foreigners must sit in the conductor's carriage. The station itself, in true British colonial style, is a grand building that combines functional Western styles with Burmese architectural elements (layered ornamental roof). Vendors, vegetable sellers, monks, commuters, all use the train which passes through the many villages that surround Yangon. The scenery changes from urban to rural fairly quickly and villages with ponds, kids, and cows passing by. The journey takes three hours. 

The Dallah Ferry

The Dallah Ferry to Dallah, a small village across the river from Yangon, is an interesting ferry ride, particularly if you won't have the opportunity to catch a local ferry elsewhere in Burma. The ride is brief but filled with all the craziness of a Burmese ferry: you can buy freshly sliced watermelon, cheroots and cigarettes, tea, all kinds of interesting looking food, various knick-knacks from the many vendors who pack the ferry. The ferry has no seats but small plastic chairs (kid-sized!) are available for rent for 5 kyat (odds are that the chair rental agent won't take your money) and larger deck chairs for 15-20 kyat. The ferry ride seems more like a floating market than a means of transportation! Combine the ride with a trip to Thante for a half or full day trip. There is a pagoda (what else) at Dallah worth a visit but otherwise the village is not really a destination. The Dallah ferry leaves from the Pansodan Road Jetty across from The Strand Hotel. Tickets are US$1 from a window reserved for foreigners (locals pay 30 kyat) and you may be required to show your passport.

Things to See in Yangon

Lake Kandawgyi Lake
A large oval-shaped lake northeast of the city centre. It was recently renovated, and foreigners must pay a entrance fee. At its northwestern tip is Bogyoke Aung San Park, which is on Natmauk Road. The Lake is best known f... more
 1 Fans, 300k (+500k camera fee, +1000k video camera fee), in Yangon
Monument/Building Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar, and included on our exclusive list of Southeast Asia's top temples and monuments. The pagoda stands on the top of Singuttara Hill,... more
 1 Fans, US$5, in Yangon
Monument/Building Sule Paya (Sule Pagoda)
Incongruously serving as a traffic island in the middle of the busiest intersection in central Yangon, Sule Paya is a 46 m octagonal-shaped stupa that, according to the local story, was built 2000 years ago to house a stra... more
in Yangon
Monument/Building Botataung Paya
A few blocks East of The Strand Hotel along the Yangon River lies the Botataung Pagoda. The original pagoda was destroyed by allied bombing during the Second World War but the site has a legendary history as long as that o... more
in Yangon
Monument/Building Saint Mary's Cathedral
is a Catholic cathedral. The cathedral's exterior is run-down, but its interior is exquisite.
in Yangon
Monument/Building Holy Trinity Cathedral
is the Anglican cathedral built by the British. It is one of two cathedrals in Yangon, and has a beautiful interior.
in Yangon
Monument/Building Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue
located at 85, 26th Street, is the only Jewish synagogue in Yangon. It is a colonial relic, built in 1893. Its interior is beautifully maintained.
in Yangon
Monument/Building Mailamu Paya
located in the outskirts of Yangon, is a large expanse of land on which larger-than-life and colourful statues depicting Buddha's lives are located. Mailamu Paya also showcases a pavilion on a man-made lake, and several zedis.
in Yangon
Zoo/Aquarium Zoological Gardens
first opened by the British in 1906, contains Myanmar's most expansive collection of wild animals. During public holidays, the Snake Dance and Elephant Circus are performed for visitors. Open 08:00-18:00.
in Yangon
Park Mahabandoola Garden
located in the cantonment, is known for its rose gardens. Inside the gardens is the Independence Monument, built to signify Myanmar's independence. The garden offers a great view of the City Hall, and colonial buildings of the British.
in Yangon
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